Monthly Archives: April 2009

feathering my nest…..trying to keep the piggies out….

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with the onslaught of pig flu and elevation 5 pandemic scare, i decided i would try to take my mind off the world’s troubles by creating some of my own….yes….more clutter. so the word is out….i’m out of here. i will be leaving texas sometime at the end of summer and moving closer to my family in maryland. i am soooo happy about this. ron got a job where we can reside closer to my yankee roots and take on bushels of crabs and festive beach play. i can hardly wait, but my house certainly isn’t ready for any yankee party quite yet. i mean….how does a junker survive a 2 or 3 year stay in one place before leaving again and reorganizing all that junk….again….and again??? i’m not sure. i know i do it. over and over. i can’t help collecting. i would change if i could, but i think it’s too late for that now. i spend more time stressed about the piles i’ve created all over the house….organizing and re-organizing….over and over. i just keep feathering my nest….it’s the curse of being a vendor, or ebayer or online seller. clutter all the time for me. i visit friends and relax in their nice, stress free uncluttered homes and then i come home and ask myself….WHY? why must i save broken lamps, single salt shakers, piles and piles of cast off linens and lace, stacks of old books, boxes of old papers and junk jewels…..buttons, tubs of paint, ribbons, drawers of odd things to glue and collage with. why not just live in my house the way it was intended? why must i alter it all???????

i guess because i love to create. i love to see what inspires other artists, vendors, and collectors. then i want to imitate…which is the dearest form of flattery….and create my own version of something from almost nothing. i watch american idol every week and remember that it’s okay for those sweet kids to become artists. it’s okay to love what you do. if it is okay for a 20 year old, then it must be okay for a stressed out mom waiting for another deployment to end. i think that is what got me into the junking biz…a hobby i needed to separate myself from the stress of deployments….and i don’t regret it at all. i’ve met some incredible folks along the way and i’ve grown as somebody that may want to do this full time one day.you can’t pay any professor any amount of $$$ to learn those skills. they come with time, experience and determination.

so back on track….i took some photos of little things around the house….more linens i got from cheryl and buttons and other smalls…and some upcoming collages that i plan to bring to the booth. now that i put my 1/2 off sale sign up, i’m starting to sell like crazy!! please come back and check in with me. i will bring up a couple more BIG loads before the end of may. if i don’t sell some of it, the movers will quit their jobs and have to go to therapy after they see all my crap

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this is a piece on worked on today. i plan to add a little bird nest to the bottom corner and it’s ready for hanging. i may add a few little hooks to the shelf to hang earrings.

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what does one do with a cast off, stained pillow case???? i found this one for almost nothing. i tea stained it and then just added a cheap pillow. i folded over the case and added a rhinestone pin. sooo super easy.

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what does one do with a christmas card holder????? i found this one for 50 cents. it had a giant red bow on the top and i cut it off. now it holds cards and old photos for inspiration by the craft table.

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this was one of my cheap, plastic angels i found at the flea market this past weekend. i just hot glued it to a giant chippy column i have in the house. hot glue is great. easy to undo, so you can glue anything without too much of a permanent commitment.

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i found this sweet little ironstone pat from cheryl and the small composition head as well…i love that her plate looks like a hat or a halo. found the pink bowtie from somewhere, but now i can’t remember???? who gave that to me? rachel???? anyway, i love it.

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diggin this old sewing screen. on the inside are thread spools and 2 sewn baskets to hold sewing notions. i think it makes a great table top statement.

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just a small redo….had to move my manequin.

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stacks of linens from cheryl. too bad the sew machine is broken still. ugh. like i have time to sew anyway.

i love these old songbook covers. got these from cheryl……everybody looks so happy and energetic or completely in love or heartbroken.

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i wish i had those perfect eyebrows the women had back in the day….what a life…..okay….so they were a bit repressed with their beach attire (although i would take perfect comfort in those flapper suits anytime now) and other feminist issues of the time with employment and equal rights and blah, blah, blah, but really they were sooo ahead of the game. they knew you could be sexy and witty and still smoke a big ole long smoke and swim the english chanel in a wool body bathing suit with a fat, plastic cap and still look like a rock star with those eye brows, long lashes, smoky eyes, red lipstick and perfect hair under their beaded cloches. they were feminist goth rebels before we could define it. i’m lucky if i wash my face and brush my teeth everyday. i can’t imagine looking that scrubed and beautiful.

oh…i’ve gone on and on again about a whole bunch of nothing. the wind is soooooo bad outside, i had to take down all my hanging things for fear they may blow into my window and break my glass. i want hanging plants, not swinging weapons. geeze….i am sure my new neighbors are wondering why there are vintage linens and old fake flowers blowing thru their yard. could be worse….could be flying pigs like a vintage pink floyd record or something.

i feel like this song today…..little pig let me in or i’ll huff and puff and let the texas wind blow all your stuff away…..

Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are
You well heeled big wheel, ha ha, charade you are
And when your hand is on your heart
You’re nearly a good laugh
Almost a joker
With your head down in the pig bin
Saying “keep on digging”
Pig stain on your fat chin
What do you hope to find?
When you’re down in the pig mine
You’re nearly a laugh
You’re nearly a laugh
But you’re really a cry.
Bus stop rat bag, ha ha, charade you are
You BLEEP up old hag, ha ha, charade you are
You radiate cold shafts of broken glass
You’re nearly a good laugh
Almost worth a quick grin
You like the feel of steel
You’re hot stuff with a hat pin
And good fun with a hand gun
You’re nearly a laugh
You’re nearly a laugh
But you’re really a cry.
Hey you Whitehouse, ha ha, charade you are
You house proud town mouse, ha ha, charade you are
You’re trying to keep our feelings off the street
You’re nearly a real treat
All tight lips and cold feet
And do you feel abused?

pink floyd animals….PINK FLOYD PIGS (3 DIFFERENT ONES)…

okay….eyes are shutting. must rest…you all have a nice night settled into your nests…..and try to keep the piggies out. thinking of you all….

lol

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can a true junker really downsize all her cluttttter?……

evetsmoker2

so i have news to share, but i think it is too early to release my future plans……so i will keep quiet for now and just blog. i will say a move is in the works soon and i am wrapping up 2 years of what i considered a very productive and creative time at crafter’s corner. i appreciate all of you that supported me during those years. terry lee….thanks sooooooooo much for all of your support…marta…you too. and everyone else that has helped make vendor 030 a success story. i officially put my 50% off sign in the booth today for all the merchandise that is there.  the booth is still stocked quite well and what does not have a price will soon. as much as i need to stop junking and creating….it is hard, so i will continue to at least make gestures at my craft table and keep some projects going up until it’s time to pack. i hope to resume the junkin bug again and restore order to a new booth beaming with fun displays and great finds and creative projects.

i think i am the only military spouse that can pack a house fuller than a museum in less than half a decade. how????? can one live???? with so much stuff???? please tell me i am not the only one!!!! i love my little piles of cute things. i love my little collections of vintage cuteness that helps keep me inspired, creative and motivated. i can’t get rid of it all. that and two kids and one BIG craft area = cluttttter….with a bunch of TTTTTs. i guess between being sick all winter long and the crazy swine flu scares, i need to just enjoy my crazy junkin life and be happy that i have for one day, a really fun hobby that i completely love.

i did rescue a small collage i made not too long ago from the booth today. it’s one that i decided to keep and take with me.

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she is hard to see, but i used a cast off belt buckle to put the photo behind. that lace, and a black cast off ribbon from a vintage necklace help finish it out. it says ‘a lasting impression’. that is what texas left for me, so i will take this collage with me to remind me of fun times.

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i have still been into the wax collages lately. i use a ton of tea stained fabric scraps, an old book cover, lace, pearls, and a vintage collar, key and some paint and wax to make this collage.

i shot some photos of more flea market finds from this weekend. just some smalls, linens and a few other misc……i have been on a linen kick lately. i am struck by the graphics of old tea towels and hankies. i just adore them.

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found a HUGE stack of these quilt cuters. i can’t wait to use these to make wreaths.

i also came across 4 of these hanger covers…..love the sweet flowers on them.

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bowl of goodies…..zoey can’t stop carrying the GIANT rhinestone with her everywhere she goes in the house. she call it her ….jewries….

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love the jar of buttons….and the trio of vintage, plastic angels. they will probably be glued to a shelf. i found a cute shelf at G.W. for $1.50. it is super HUGE, but now it is super WET because of the rain. i didn’t even get a chance to alter it. would have looked soooooo sweet with a rose plate covering the primitive heart at the top and these angels glued onto the bottom. oh well…..at least the idea is there.

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evetsocks

loving these sweet old socks…..back in the day….order a magazine subscription and you get some little bo peep sweet hosiery…..in the form of children’s socks. nowadays….you just get a huge bill for missing issues of overpriced magazines you pass onto your friends.

evetkidfabric

i found this sweet fabric in the form of a crib bumper not too long ago at the bins in g.w.   total cost….50 cents. what to do???? i cut the batting out of each panel and will reuse the fabric. i will reuse the batting to make small pillows out of my old linens….

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lastly…..i found this project somewhere on a texas blog out there, so i certainly can’t take credit for this one at all!!!

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salt shakers that don’t have matches…..put a wire into the top of them and then they can hold a cute photo……love it.

zoey’s sweet hand and arm filled with home grown tattoos by arek…..that is what happens when i don’t pay attention to the kids for 10 minutes…..i am too ashamed to show you the rest of the tattoo destruction…..arek even drew zoey a new butt crack. hummmmm. arek too those foam stickers and drew on the sticky side of them with washable marker. then he stuck the design (sticky side) on zoey’s skin and made prints of his design. very clever arek…..no go take a bath.

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okay…stomach is totally hurting. why???????? stop.

better go and figure out why i have this terrible stomach ache…..again.

have a glorious night….enjoy your clutter and don’t watch too much news….

lol….

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alone time at the city wide…….leads to a clutter binge!!!

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i have not blogged in a million days it feels like. i have been distracted by many things lately. i will share those bits of news soon! good stuff…..but change…it will be a coming. i have decided to close down my booth by the end of the month of may. i am sad, but i have to do it. i have been reluctant about buying things lately, so i haven’t blogged much because of that. wellllll…….today changed that. i had 6 hours to myself for the lampassas city wide, and it was wonderful!!! there are folks out there that were willing to help me with the kids so i could have some alone time. i shopped until i ran out of money, strength and space. what clutter….what fun! thanks miss evette for all the goodies!!!! marta….i am glad you beat me to that typewriter!!!……and….i will share some of the really pretty vintage clothes i got soon. i also found a 25 cent bag sale at one booth that left me with at least 8 vintage dresses (not fab, but cute enough!!) and a vintage beaded sweater that nobody took. i found a 50% off table too……but mostly today i found linens galore!! i have to take a junking hiatus for the next few months, so this flea trip was a last hoohaa as my friend sally would say for the next couple of months. RON….SO SORRY THE TRUCK LOOKS INSANE. it will declutter soon…..it has to. i am way too ashamed of myself for my sloppy antics. i should go to clutter rehab, but then i would get addicted to the cookies we would share at the beginning of the meetings and if i eat those like i gobble junk…..oh know.

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this is the back of the truck. i have 2 big boxes and other stuff…..what is the ladder and zoey’s toy doing back there???? and a rug from arek’s room???? and there is a car booster seat that has a black spider living in it that is so big, i’m afraid to disturb it for fear that it might consume me and all my pretty vintage dresses.

i brought about $100 with me today. i used to bring about $40 for all my flea attempts, but today was a special day. i think i did very well with my $$$$ funds. i collected so many neat things. i will show them as i unload them. i took a few pics of some of my finds. i am so into lace and linens right now. also anything pink/pottery/dishes, smalls, figurines, little clutter and old photos. i scored with some of those today.

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i just can’t help myself.

starting next week i will mark ALL items in the booth 50% OFF. i will bring in some lot bags of stuff as well during the month and maybe a few other goodies too. the last week in may will be my blowout week. i will seriously discount what is left and will even take bids on all items left.

i have enjoyed my little booth endeavors ooooohhhh soooo much. for all of you that have supported my booth and my blog……thanks a billion. really……thank you. the blog will continue of course, and i plan to get back into the junk bizness sometime in the fall. once junk is in your blood…..it stays there i think.

hope you all had some happy hauls this weekend…..time for another glass of water and this wind to stop already. ooohhhh yo gabba gabba time…gotta go.

take it easy…..

lol

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hayfever garden with a twist of thrift…….

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i have a sore throat….AGAIN…thanks texas. i will blame it on alergies, but i think it is the beginning of a cold. what a better antidote than to do a small amount of gardening to ease my achy woes. i told myself i would not buy any plants this year. i can’t dig my gardening boots into this yard the way i wish, so i hate to spend money on plants that really can’t be treated the way i’d like…..vegetables, climbing roses, arbors, more climbing jasmine….etc. i can’t landscape the way i want really, but i like to look at a little green….so this is what i came up with for the back yard. it’s not much, but i had nothing…..so it is something i guess.

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i love ferns. they grow so large and fluffy and they love the texas wind. it gets so stinking hot here….so they need TONS of water in the heat of the summer. besides that….low maintenance. i also hung an old pink gate up as a mock window. i think i paid about $20 for it. love it. i junked the wood table the plaster column is on today. i found 2 and painted both of them pink. i paid $7 for the plaster column.

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i junked the metal plant stand and put the china on it instead of plant. needs no water or sun. maintenance free.

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found a HUGE set of these sweet plates for $4 on the way back from brenham not too long ago. what better way to decorate an unattractive brick ledge.

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found this chair curbside this morning. the back of it is missing. the cushion was gross and the chair was a completely different color. it has been sitting outside and in need of some TLC. i painted it out hot pink. added the fabric to the cusion and a big, fluffy pillow to hide the back. ron…i know….tacky….but think of the money i saved so i could buy the plants…eh? i planted marigolds and climbing jasmine in the hanging baskets. i love the way jasmine gets all wild and climbs around everything. it smells wonderful when it blooms. i have a ton of it in my front yard i planted 2 years ago. i also left seed out for the raccoons to eat???? no birds. so why does rocky raccoon come every night to eat the seed???? i didn’t know raccoons liked seed.

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tabletop with arek’s birdhouse, cast offs and a frog and nozzle. i have a small collection of frogs and nozzles i will share one day. everytime we move, ron wonders why i have to bring my frogs and nozzles with me. duh?

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zoey’s masterpiece. what is this???? she made it all by herself. hmmmm. lovely. yes…most of these are fake. can’t you tell???? she was soooo proud of this.

i managed to swing some thriftin in yesterday. just a bit. i bought some goodies at crafter’s…not too much, but that is okay. i am saving myself for a huge thriftin extravaganza this weekend. need to save my $$$ and strength.

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found this great ticking pillow for $3 in the white elephant booth and the pink jewel box for $2 as well. love them.

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trio of vintage slips…..so pretty……..paid $5 ea.

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one of the vendors at crafters gave me these darling doilies. i plan to make some pillows from them. i have been on a pillow kick. made these little ditties from this before (found three pillows like this if you can imagine)

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to these afters…..

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my sewing machine has a timing problem (i can relate), so it’s not usable right now. i decided to pull out the needle and thread and use the old fashion way….not too hard, but my sewing is not very good.

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yes….it’s a dog bed. zoey doesn’t have to know.

you all have a great night and i am going to find some pain relief from this sore throat. sleep is washing over me, but you know how hard it is to sleep with a sore throat. too bad chocolate won’t help a sore throat, but ice cream can’t hurt…..okay….i’ve twisted my own arm. i give in.

lol

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JUNK RULES….

junkrules

i love junk. no doubt. i don’t like it as much when i am sick, but i am feeling better….so the ratio of junk in the house to functional items can stay high when i am well and feeling creative. even though i was pelted with hail during a biblical storm friday morning on my way home from a yard sale, i was still optimistic about finding goodies while i drove home thru several inches of standing water hoping not to float away. i made it home wet, tired, scared and junkless….BUT ALIVE. that said (texas can just be way too much), i hit the old faithful g.w. bins yesterday and found enough stuff to get the creative juices flowing….like the gushing rain water that i was avoiding friday morning.

i have decided to have a love affair with chalkboard paint. can’t have the hubby home….might as well find an alternative that won’t be illegal and break my heart. that said….JUNK + CHALKBOARD PAINT = TRUE LUST.

i have seen some really clever ideas lately with painted furniture….suitcases, etc….with chalkboard paint. the suitcase above was a freebie from cindy, so i pulled out the guts and painted the inside. it will go to the booth to hold linens or something. i’m not sure yet. i just think it’s a cute idea. i came up with some other painted items as well….

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i plan to mark down several items in the booth for this week. thought this would make a perfect sale sign!! the purse was a freebie from cindy. not in good shape, i decided to paint it with chalk paint. i will probably pull the handles off and put a wire hanger on with pearls. i will tie bows on each handle and put it in zoey’s room and it will say DRESS UP.

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found this suitcase at g.w. and decided to paint it with chalk paint. makes a great statement piece and has storage to boot. i ha

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thought this tag was appropriate for this case. couldn’t stop with one tag……

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a great way to use those old cheap trays you don’t know what to do with. cindy gave me this fatastic burlap stripping and i love it!!! very french…eh?

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more tags above. i used some small plastic easter eggs to glue to tags i painted blue and stamped with nests. i used some old envelopes. i love old envelopes as tags. cheap and bountiful. i also used one the pages from my michelangelo book to make fill this tray.

on my g.w. excursion yesterday i found a few vintage books. juxtapose them and this is what you get…..

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from one great iconic master MICHELANGELO…..art…filled with symbolism, biblical references, and eternal greatness to THIS…….

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to another iconic great master….BARBIE. not only barbie…but QUICK CURL barbie and she is having a yardsale!!!! i’m not sure which great master i am in more awe of at this very moment!!!!!!!

that said….you all let your junk rule and enjoy the sunshine…..

lol

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can you put a price on junk????

cindymcoy

so i am now the one that is sick. zoey is well. arek is well. i have a virus. yuck!! the intestinal kind….i read online that there is no such thing as a stomach flu. as a matter of fact…intestinal viruses are just that….a virus that takes place in the small intestines i think i read….not the stomach. SO WHY DOES MY STOMACH HURT SO DARN BAD???? i haven’t eaten in 3 days. three days are like cat years for me. each one represents at least 5 years!! ugh…i also have a very, very painful headache. where does that play into a virus of the digestive system? since when does one’s head connect to one’s colon??? i don’t get it, but i do know i hurt. my teeth hurt. my eyes hurt. my legs feel like jelly and i haven’t eaten in what did i project????? uh 15 years. and yes….that include COFFEE. geeze…  i have spent 2 days in bed and my house looks like a dr. suess book, but whatever. i just want to feel better. i want my heartburn to go away and all my aches and pains. maybe it is a sign that i need to eat better or wash more hands more often or something. with all the junk i handle, you would think i’d get tetanus before i got a stupid non stomach virus.

well….it’s okay. the perfect antidote today was a fabulous and VERY, VERY gracious junk run from my junkin bud, crafting bud, and sewing extraordinare….CINDY. thanks cindy for all those goodies. if i didn’t seem too over joyed, blame it on the energy and junk appreciation zapping virus that is sucking the very creative love for all things vintage and fabulous out of my body. I LOVE WHAT YOU BROUGHT. can you put a price on junk???? i guess not. i asked cindy for the total price i owed and she said FREE. she said the price of friendship, listening, bickering, swapping of other great junk and just the overall excitement i may get from creating something great out of cast off what nots that she had hangin’ around was enough payment for her. THANKS. that is payment enough and that is a gift. seems like nothing is free anymore.

i not only got some great junk, but yet another sewing lesson. okay cindy…after you left, i tried tonite to sew a little purse for zoey and the NEEDLE BROKE. where have i failed? i’m like an elephant in a room of swans when it comes to sewing. i just break stuff.

did manage to pull off this pillow…..well, cindy did. i sewed on the buttons. how hard can this be???? i just want to make some quick pillows. i will get there…i will get there.

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cindy also brought me this little lovely. she’s all pink and shabby…torn and worn and ready for some new love…

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i got this fabulous pink candle. i love the gold mixed in with the pink. it is too pretty to burn. you know those kind of candles. they were especially popular in the 70’s. i had a unicorn candle, a pig candle, a pink dragon candle…..all too pretty to burn. i didn’t understand the candle thing? why not just make statues instead? okay…i’m off track.

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this pretty little plate….

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pretty hand painted cards….these are great!! i plan to make tags with these.

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wooden hangers….always a hit with me.

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tons of stuff to paint white above and below a suitcase filled with cast off what nots…..what is in there????? i don’t care. it was FREE. i will take it!!! is that liquor???? i know cindy….it’s not, but it would make a great story…

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sweet doll that zoey claimed….

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the best egg napkins from germany…..

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there is more, but this is all i could squeeze in tonite……i need to go rest. ron….look at arek’s long ole hair. CRAZY cute long. like a 1970’s cute long. it’s tough having a boy with long hair. i have to schedule in hair washings during the week and it’s drama….just like a girl….i have to wash, listen to the crying, then condition and listen to the crying. oh well….it’s worth it. it’s the price to pay for serious hair.

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you all have great night!!! kaye…if we ever get stationed together again, i’m bringing my birds for you. sue from down under….thanks for all the inspiration and support…michelle too….both michelles!!! and the rest of the readers out there….thanks so much for hanging in there with me blog after blog about a bunch of blah, blah, blah…….

time for more vitamin water….

lol

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candle distractions and creamy light paint…..

candlessoyful

it has been a stressful afternoon and i’m in a bad mood, but i will try to blog with good intent and blah, blah, blah about something that is very important to me….

CANDLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i have somehow turned into the kool-aid mom. i am the home the strays come to for food and shelter lately. i don’t understand why parents just let their kids wander the neighborhood hoping some shmuck like me will open the door and let them in. i give these stray kids one hour to play and send them on their way. i don’t feed them or make eye contact with them. am i the only mom that doesn’t understand other parents presumptions and feel that it is an imposition when a child is just sent over uninvited???? i don’t want to be mean, but i have to be firm and sometimes that does not work. i am hardly able lately to handle my own kids, much less the few that come to me on the weekends and after school hoping for leisure time in my house with my snacks and computer. it just isn’t not right. i don’t get it. then i have the ones that run to me after school begging to come to my house….’if i can pick them up’. NO. i am no taxi. i don’t know these kids’ moms. i wouldn’t just let anyone pick arek up and take him after school. i also wouldn’t allow arek to beg another adult to come over. i’m not much of one for boundaries. i am a pushover and don’t have much of a will power when it comes to discipline and consistency with arek and zoey, but i do have respect for the most part when it comes to after school home invasion!! geeze. i must admit i have a friend or two that reciprocates the playdate….and that is awesome. that makes it work.

anyway….after how many zoey meltdowns in a day??? after how many requests for drinks and food??? how many fights i break up between arek and zoey and the enormous amount of energy it has taken lately to get them dressed and ready for bed and asleep, i am way too tired to deal with other kids as well unless their parents are at my house with them or i’ve arranged a play date hour with their parents and we all agree on the RULES of the house and the time they have before they are ready to leave…am i over reacting?? any advice??? or do i just let the kids rule the roost??? sad thing is…i am the one doing all the work, while the parents that send their kids off into wander around the neighborhood land are home relaxing and getting things accomplished. i actually got rid of a few kids during a couple of recent moves. one was not shy at all. she would ask me for several drinks of milk…food….craft items…etc. she would barge into the house and just hang out….i must have sucker written on my head. WHERE ARE THESE KIDS’ PARENTS????

okay…i vented. i need to be more firm. i get it.

on with my candle obsession. i just wanted to share some of my favorite candles/scents with you all. i have a deep love relationship with my candles and wax melt tarts. they have gotten me thru umpteen deployments and many stressful days. i remember burning soy tarts during the harsh winters in germany…pregnant..stressed..a soy wax melt tart would mellow me out and make me feel content. the aromas were perfect for cold, snowy, windy nights while i sat in my big clothes watching tv and listening to the wind thru the cracked windows. i couldn’t help myself. my obsession grew with delight. i ordered my tarts from SOYFUL JOYS…(on my blog roll) and they would get shipped by miss alyce APO and very quickly. LOVELY PRODUCT… PERFECT CUSTOMER SATISFACTION…

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i just received an order of wonderful tarts….12 to a bag….scents like lemon biscotti and red hot love (smells just like red hots), vanilla pine cones, harvest spice, gingerbread, and raisin pumpkin royale…YUM. i also love cini buns, cranberry crunch, winter candy apple and frost bitten berries. these tarts last and last and the throws are strong!! will smelly up the entire house sometimes!!! yum.

i like tart burners, but i try to find cast off things to make my own. i use glass bowls and old dishes to stand on old silver burners or candle holders that are stray. makes tart burning much more interesting.

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i used an upsidedown pretty small rose dish and put a tea lite on it. i put in on this interesting silver bowl holder

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i am also in love with FOR EVERYBODY CANDLES. i find them on sale from time to time at ROSS. when i do….THIS HAPPENS.

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these candles burn pretty clean most of the time, but they burn really hot, so be careful!!

also…THE ORIGINAL CAKE CANDLE company is great. i love cake candles. they are rather expensive, but the sales online will yield some good burning ones for around $6-10. the chunky candles burn clean and long. smell is good as well.i also ADORE the WALMART mainstays HAZELNUT CREAM candle. for less than $5, this candle is well worth the cash. the smell is wicked good and the burn is clean. ALSO…love local candles. anytime i can find canning jar candles that smell good, i buy them. usually the burn is extremely clean and the candles are not that expensive.

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i have other companies i buy from as well……i buy from VILLAGE CANDLE and COMMON SCENTS (thru amazon.com). i haven’t bought from either of these companies lately, but when the mood strikes. i guess you know what i give as gifts for all occassions…..duh…candles.  also martha stewart FLOWER SHOP is fantastic as well.

okay…enough about that little secret that isn’t a secret anymore. i guess we all have our things we collect.

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i stumbled upon an incredible dresser w/a marble top about 3 weeks ago. it cost me a whooping $10, so i snagged it. needless to say, i painted it a creamy white and decided to keep it. sorry ron…

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it is amazing what a coat of creamy paint does to a object….

i changed a few things around this weekend…..trying to make room in the ‘studio’ area creates an entire front house makeover.

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my 10 euro table that i keep reinventing because i am too lazy to paint it a creamy light paint. i just draped fabric and created this look…

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i added storage to the top of this cabinet by adding stacked suitcases. always a good way to increase storage. i saw the cutest idea for an old suitcase. paint out the outside….open it up and paint the inside with chalkboard paint. PERFECT DISPLAY and a place to write display item, description and cost!!

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looks like zoey has been in the white paint…although it is my scary foot cream. i’ll save that for another post…..

you all have a great night…i need to go deal with destressing…my hurting hiatal hernia (arghhh) and lack of sleep.

aaahhh…i am only a candle away from feeling better…..one aroma at a time.

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lol

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